Best Albums of the 1980s

Listed below are the best albums of the 1980s as calculated from their overall rankings in over 39,000 greatest album charts.

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1980s decade summary
YearAlbums The number of albums from each year featuring in the greatest album charts. Score Total rank score for each year (made up of the total rank score from all albums in that year) Top Ranked Album The top ranked album from each year and where it ranks in the overall chart.
19801,577293,500
19811,616164,322
19821,593207,802
19831,588187,287
Murmur (142nd)by R.E.M.
19841,608253,807
19851,617198,381
19861,705276,181
19871,872271,166
19881,939249,704
19891,996343,153
Total17,1112,445,302

The best artists of the 1980s were The Smiths, Pixies, Prince, The Cure, U2, Talking Heads, Metallica, The Stone Roses, Sonic Youth and R.E.M..
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1987
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7,174
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1987
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7,154
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1989
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6,953
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1989
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6,812
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1984
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6,724
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1984
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6,695
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1984
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6,604
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1986
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6,477
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1980
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6,320
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1986
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6,273
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Total albums: 1,000. Page 6 of 100

Best Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 108 11%
1981 118 12%
1982 102 10%
1983 96 10%
1984 98 10%
1985 85 9%
1986 99 10%
1987 89 9%
1988 102 10%
1989 103 10%
Artist Albums %


The Cure 10 1%
Iron Maiden 8 1%
Rush 8 1%
Depeche Mode 8 1%
R.E.M. 7 1%
The Smiths 7 1%
U2 7 1%
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Country Albums %


United Kingdom 411 41%
United States 389 39%
Australia 37 4%
Canada 29 3%
Mixed Nationality 24 2%
Germany 18 2%
Ireland 18 2%
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Best Artists of 1977
1. Fleetwood Mac
2. David Bowie
3. Pink Floyd
4. Television
5. Sex Pistols
6. The Clash
7. Steely Dan
8. Bob Marley & The Wailers
9. Bob Marley
10. Kraftwerk
11. Billy Joel
12. Wire
13. Iggy Pop
14. Elvis Costello
15. Ramones
16. Meat Loaf
17. Talking Heads
18. Electric Light Orchestra
19. Suicide
20. Rush
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